Community Cooperation Gets Results

O.K. so the weather wasn’t overly great, but that mattered not one iota for one group of people.

At the start of this year trees and shrubs had been cut back hard along side Radipole Drive, to open up the views out across the lake.

smaller View across Radipole Lake

At first people were shocked as it literally looked as if it had been flailed to within an inch of its life.

But nature being the feisty little madam she is, all is now coming good again.

Only problem being, this open vista now revealed the amount of rubbish and all manner of bizarre items that had been thrown down into the reserve alongside the pavement.

Rubbish in Radipole lake by Martin Jones-Gill

(photo copyright of Martin Jones-Gill)

We’ve had so many people approaching us as Friends of Radipole park mentioning the sorry state of this litter, saying how it spoilt their walk into town.

Well, on Saturday 24th March, Daniel Bartlett from  Radipole Lake Bird Reserve run by the RSPB organised a community litter pick along Radipole Park Drive.

Of course, the Friends of Radipole park were keen to get involved as the park and gardens runs alongside the lake and we like to work together as it not only benefits us as a community but also the wildlife.

What a cracking turn out out it was too.

People packed into the Reserve’s cafe ready to don gloves, grab their pickers and muster their black sacks.

Litter Pickers at the ready Radipole Lake photographer Martin Jones-Gill

Once Dan had given the H&S speech…it was off to gather in the garbage.

Collecting rubbish Radipole park Drive by Martin Jones-Gill

Boy oh boy…you would NOT believe what was pulled out!!!!

Aside from the usual throw away rubbish, crisp packets, beer bottles and take away cartons, we found balls, mud guards, toys, clothes, odd shoes, gas bottles, road cones, road signs, car tyres, car rims, even a car seat…we  never did find the car though.

Bags collected at Radipole lake by Martin Jones-Gill

People were kept topped up with free hots drinks and a well earned rest in the cafe.

Resting in RSPB cafe by Martin Jones Gill

All in all one very successful day.

Volunteering has so many benefits, it helps to get people out into their community, make new friends and feel they have achieved something, so the next time a call to arms goes out, why not pop along and help. It’ll benefit our community and you.

(And the wildlife of course.)

Thanks to Dan Bartlett and Martin Jones-Gill for permission to use their photos.

Sue Hogben